Congregation Bnai Tikvah

Congregation Bnai Tikvah

1558 Wilmot Road, Deerfield, Illinois 60015
Phone: 847-945-0470 |

Continuing Jewish Education

Creating a Community of Lifelong Jewish Learners

The Leland and Mary Gottstein Continuing Jewish Education Program is dedicated to the concept that Jewish learning doesn’t end with Religious School – it continues throughout our lives. Our adult education offerings are designed to encourage critical thinking, inspire rich debate, promote curiosity, and nourish our minds and souls. B’nai Tikvah members and others in the community have access to a wide variety of continuing education programs, courses and activities, led by experienced teachers who provide stimulating, high-quality instruction.

Adult Education Brochure

Ad Ed Brochure 2017-2018

Studies With the Rabbi

Learn and grow with Rabbi Alex and others in our community.

Torah With the Rabbi

Rabbi Alex offers a weekly Torah study session, with a special focus on the Bible as a living tradition. The texts are looked at closely to see how they are perceived by classical and modern commentators, as well as their implications for contemporary society.

Lore in the Loop & Lore in the Suburbs

This program brings the Rabbi right to the offices of class participants — both in the Loop and in the ‘burbs. Lunch and lively discussion are provided. Our current topic is Pirkei Avot: The Ethics of Our Fathers – Jewish ethical teachings that provide a path for a better life.

  • Lore in the Loop: Tuesdays, 12:00 pm. November 7, December 5, 2018 Dates TBA
  • Lore in the Suburbs: Tuesdays, 12:00 pm. November 14, December 12, 2018 Dates TBA
  • $25 cost includes lunch
  • Contact Rabbi Alex ( if you are interested

Reintroduction to Judaism

These active and accessible classes cover Judaism’s biggest and most inspiring ideas as well as the nuts-and-bolts of daily Jewish living. Whether you’re back to learning after a long hiatus or you’re just looking for a deeper understanding of our heritage, we could all use a bit of a refresher.

  • Sundays, 11:00 – 11:45 am
  • Semester 1: Begins October 22
  • Semester 2: TBA

Language Classes

Crash Hebrew – This intensive course is offered every August for students with little to no knowledge of Hebrew. We’ll have you reading Hebrew in time for Rosh Hashanah!

Intermediate Conversational Hebrew – This more advanced Hebrew language course offers an exploration of Israeli culture through a variety of media tools, including videos, songs, news articles and food.

  • Begins October 18

Florence & Laurence Spungen Memorial Film Series

Our popular Jewish Film Series is a great way to get a taste of Jewish culture, explore new concepts and hang out with friends in a fun, festive atmosphere. Each year we screen some of the best Jewish-related films made in America and throughout the world.

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